Beat the heat

first_imgBy David BerleUniversity of GeorgiaThe flowers are all gone. Cracks are forming in the ground. Thelandscape is looking a little baked at the end of long, hotsummer. This is a common problem in the Southern landscape.Back in the spring, your yard was alive with dogwood and azaleablooms, which soon gave way to green and eventually brown. Whatcan a gardener do to perk up the landscape at this time of theyear?There are several solutions. The temporary answer is to plantsome cheerful annuals to liven things up a little. Garden centersoften have a few things left from spring sales that could stillbring some color back into the landscape.Lantana and verbena are plants that can beat the heat and producecolor well into the fall. Several varieties of repeat-bloom rosescan still make a difference. And soon, fall mums will beavailable with their array of yellows, oranges and burgundies.Just a few of these heat-tolerant bloomers, carefully placed inthe landscape, can brighten up any yard worn down from the summersun.Next yearThe best solution, however, is to plan ahead for next year andhave your landscape looking alive all summer long. Manyperennials, shrubs and even trees can provide color andexcitement at a time when everything else is crying for water.Plants in the salvia family are known for taking the heat.Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha) and blue anise sage(Salvia guaranitica) are two commonly found salvias, butthere are many hybrids as well. Some are hardier than others, butall seem to take the heat and bloom on through a hot summer.The perennial sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) perform well atthe end of the summer, as do the asters and repeat-bloomingdaylilies. The common blanket flower (Gaillardia sp.)often seen growing along the coast is a great plant to beat thesummer heat, and it’s extremely drought-tolerant.The many new shrub roses available today could be considered aperennial flower or tender shrub. But either way, these excitingflowering plants are great for keeping color alive.Gardeners can pick from the knockout roses or some of the otherhybrids like “Nearly Wild” or the butterfly rose (Rosamutabilis). All of these will bloom throughout the summer andare resistant to the diseases that bring down the tea roses byearly summer.Other summer-flowering shrubs include the butterfly bush(Buddleia davidii) and the panicled hydrangea, which isoften called Pee Gee Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata).These two shrubs alone could make any landscape look happier andmore colorful when other plants have called it quits for thesummer.Think bigThere are even some trees that will bloom well into the lastsummer days.The crape myrtle is a Southern classic whose name is synonymouswith the heat of summer. The newer types offer attractive bark,too, and the latest dwarf varieties take up far less room andwork well in planters.The chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) provides along-lasting display that attracts butterflies and other insects.Most varieties have blue flowers, but there are pink- andwhite-flowering varieties as well.And finally, a tree that really shines in late summer is thegolden rain tree (Koelruteria paniculata). This otherwisecommon-looking tree stands out in late summer with its brilliantyellow flowers.No matter how you choose to brighten up your summer days, selectplants that are hardy in your area and suited to your siteconditions. And remember, many plants bloom well after Aprilshowers have long been forgotten.(David Berle is a horticulture professor and CooperativeExtension landscape specialist with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

State Police arrest Endicott man for pointing gun at motorist

first_imgAuthorities say troopers and Broome County Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate the vehicle in Endicott and perform a traffic stop where a “loaded and illegal” handgun was found. Police say Wurth was processed and virtually arraigned then released on his own recognizance. Police say troopers were dispatched to a report that of a person pointing a gun at the driver of a Lopke dump truck. The complainant told troopers Wurth did this while traveling on State Route 17 in Binghamton. He was also charged with the misdemeanor of menacing in the 2nd degree.center_img ENDICOTT (WBNG) — State Police say an Endicott man was charged with multiple felonies after pointing a weapon at another driver. The New York State Police Department says 28-year-old Adam S. Wurth was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree, both felonies.last_img read more

Virus rages in smalltown India, and so does stigma

first_imgTopics : According to public health expert Preeti Kumar, the probable reason is the return home of millions of migrant workers who were left jobless by India’s sudden lockdown imposed in March.”We are seeing the numbers rise especially in states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, and with poorer healthcare systems, it is going to be a challenge,” Kumar told AFP.The poor northern state of Uttar Pradesh, home to roughly as many people as France, Germany and Britain combined, has now seen the pandemic reach almost every district, no matter how remote.The state has recorded 100,000 cases. Its capital Lucknow is reporting more than 600 new infections every day, compared to only 100-150 just a few days ago. Angry colleagues Anand in Meerut said that after becoming infected, he submitted a list of colleagues he had come in contact with to his office so that they could get tested as well.”But some of them were so angry,” he said.”Even my seat in office has been changed. I want to feel normal but the social boycott hurts.”Local media have reported incidents of returning migrant workers being barred from entering their villages by barricades set up on the outskirts with signs like “Outsiders not allowed”.Authorities have inadvertently done their bit with quarantine stickers outside the homes of infected people and putting “danger ahead” signboards in containment zones.Ajay Kumar, another recovered coronavirus patient, said neighbors have stopped their children playing with his.”In my [neighborhood] they are not even allowing the domestic help to work at my place. It makes me so sad and angry at the same time,” Kumar said. “The disease did not kill me but the discrimination will.”  Sarthak Anand says his neighbors treated him like a “criminal” when he got coronavirus, a common experience in India’s vast hinterland where the pandemic — and stigmatization — are now raging.”Even though I have recovered fully, no one wants to come near me,” Anand, a government employee, told AFP outside his home in Meerut, a northern Indian city home to 3.4 million people.On Friday India’s official caseload passed two million, and while previously metropolises like New Delhi and Mumbai were the hotspots, smaller cities and rural areas are now reporting sharp rises.center_img ‘Social boycott’ Nationally, India has tested around 16,500 people per million, compared to 190,000 in the United States and 260,000 in Britain, according to a tally by Worldometer.Apart from having one of the world’s lowest rates of spending per capita on health care, part of the reason is that coronavirus sufferers often become pariahs.This is particularly true in smaller conurbations and in rural areas, where some two-thirds of Indians live and where face masks and social distancing are rare sights.”A new disease with relatively high levels of complications and mortality, with accompanying directives on physical distancing, inevitably leads to fears, apprehensions and… stigma,” said Rajib Kumar, who heads the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University.”There’s both the fear of the disease as well as of isolation and quarantine,” Kumar told AFP. But the official number may be a big underestimate, experts say, with the real scale potentially hugely under-reported because of insufficient testing, and deaths not being properly recorded.Uttar Pradesh has conducted an impressive-sounding 2.8 million tests, according to a senior state official.But given its enormous population of over 200 million people, this equates to just 14,000 tests per million. In the US state of Texas, the rate is almost 10 times higher.last_img read more


first_imgTHE father of the American tourist at the centre of a five-day search in Co Donegal has personally thanked those who found her.Kelly Jones, 41, will leave Sligo General Hospital today before returning to the States where her father Rick tomorrow. She has told gardai that she ‘blacked out’ for five days before she was found inside a renovated rectory in Glencolmcille.Her grateful father said: “She is going home with me on Tuesday.” Mr Jones, a former professor of animal science at The University of Georgia, went on: “I really don’t want to answer any questions about details. I’m just interested in seeing the people who put it all on the line. They spent many, many hours to find Kelly. I was talking to a few of them and they were just thrilled. It’s been a plus for them. They really worked very hard. They were elated.“I don’t think we know what happened. I am not certain myself. We all have a lot of questions. It’s going to have to be on the positive side and not going into too much of the other part.”Mr Jones said Kelly is an only child. Her mother passed away some years ago. His daughter had been fascinated with Ireland from an early age and had traced a great-grandmother called Collins to Co Antrim.“The fact that she had red hair may have entered into her mind as having Irish descendancy. She was an avid reader of literature and poetry and she read stories about Ireland. Her love of it may have grown from that and from the music. She knew of U2. “The people at the hospital were fantastic. They have gone out of their way to take care of her, beyond my wildest expectations.“When I entered the hospital she was in high spirits but she was still a bit sore from her injuries. She was definitely glad to see me.”The 64-year-old said Kelly worked in various jobs in the food and beverage industry, mainly waiting. She was born in Texas, but worked in Charleston South Carolina and he lives Georgia.She has said she doesn’t remember anything since 8.30 p.m. on Friday week past and 7.30 p.m. last Tuesday evening when she woke in the foliage around the old rectory in Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal, and then broke into it for shelter. She was found inside the rectory at lunchtime on Wednesday.AMERICAN TOURIST SEARCH: DAD SAYS ‘THANK YOU’ TO RESCUE TEAMS was last modified: September 26th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

15 Lalit Kala awardees named

first_imgThe Lalit Kala Akademi’s National Exhibition of Art is held every year to exhibit the works of brilliance and to give appreciation and recognition to outstanding artists. The objective of the 59th National Exhibition of Art, 2017-18 is to showcase works of art of excellence both in terms of material application and aesthetic appeal. The exhibition will cover artworks from a broad range of mediums like paintings, sculptures, graphics, photographs, drawings, installation and multimedia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor this exhibition, fifteen awardees have been chosen by an esteemed panel of Jury. 10 awards will be given to artists between 30-50 years of age group, and five awards will be distributed to artists who are above 50 years of age. While Jyotiprakash Sethy (Bhubaneswar, Odisha), Vivek Kumar (New Delhi), Pappu Bardhan (Kolkata, West Bengal), Cherring Negi (New Delhi), Debashish Dutta (Vadodara, Gujarat), Indira P Ghosh (Raipur, Chattisgarh), Vikrant Vishwas Bhise (Mumbai, Maharashtra), Shivakumar Kesaramadu (Mysuru, Karnataka), Rabi Narayan Gupta (Khairagarh, Chhattisgarh), and Pradeep Prathap (Kottayam, Kerela) are the 10 awardees that fall in the 30-50 year age group; Pankaj Gahlot (Shivganj, Rajasthan), Kumaran K R (Angamaly, Kerela), Atin Basak (Kolkata, West Bengal), Amit Dutt (New Delhi), and Amit Chakraborty (Kolkata, West Bengal) fall in the latter category. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe jury of the exhibition had art practitioners, artists and critics from all over the country. The Lalit Kala Akademi nominated five members selection jury for the first tier namely Prof. Shyam Sharma (Patna, Bihar), Noni Borpuzari (Guwahati, Assam), Ramdas Adyanthaya (Mysuru, Karnataka), V Nagdas (Khairagarh, Chhattisgarh), and Johny ML (New Delhi). The second tier jury for the selection of awards consisted of Ram V Sutar (Noida, Uttar Pradesh), Surya Prakash (Hyderabad, Telangana), Madan Lal (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh), U Bhaskar Rao (Bengaluru, Karnataka), and Prof. R B Bhaskaran (Chennai, Tamil Nadu). “The 59th National Exhibition of Art is more than just an exercise in participation and contribution of the art practitioners from all over the country. It ideates the truth that art is more than a mere conversation between art lovers and artists: it is the bond between the initiator and the spectator,” said C S Krishna Setty, Administrator, Lalit Kala Akademi. The Akademi has received 3644 entries submitted by 1433 artist throughout the country. The selection jury unanimously selected 172 exhibits in different disciplines by 171 artists for the National exhibition. Eminent artists like Bose Krishnamachari, Manu Parekh, KS Radhakrishnan, Adwaita Gadanayak, Jyoti Bhatt, LN Tallur and N Pushpamala are a part of the very esteemed invited section.last_img read more